LOWELL, Mass. – The Lowell Spinners hosted the Hudson Valley Renegades for the second night of their three-game series on Friday at LeLacheur Park. Coming off a frustrating loss to the Renegades the night before, Lowell was looking to bounce back.
The Spinners got off to a good start in the first inning when Jordan Betts nailed a double to left-center field and brought home two runners. Betts came very close to reaching home himself, but a throw from center field on the following play barely beat him home to end the inning. Betts wasn’t satisfied with just a couple runs, the Wilmington, N.C. native smoked a three-run homer over the wall in left field in his next at-bat to further extend the Spinners’ lead. That marked his team-leading sixth home run of the season. The 22-year-old also now leads his team in RBI with 24.
“It’s just part of the job description, when you get more opportunities to drive in runs” said Betts. “Hopefully your success leads to the team winning ball games, I’m just trying to contribute.”
After the Spinners defense haled on to a 5-0 lead for two innings, the Renegades would finally find their answer in the sixth. Casey Gillaspie belted a double straight down the first base line to bring home a runner and get his team on the board. Hudson Valley would add one more run in the eighth inning when Coty Blanchard registered an RBI single.
Hudson Valley nearly put together a comeback attempt with a couple RBI in the top of the ninth, but the Spinners were able to hold on for the 7-4 victory.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak at LeLacheur Park. The team had also been 1-8 in their last nine home games prior to Friday night’s win.
“I can’t tell you why we’re not winning at home, it’s really strange” said Manager Joe Oliver. “It’s a great place to play, and it was nice to get a win here.”
Oliver seemed visibly frustrated with the way things have been at home for his ball club recently. It’s hard to creep up on the postseason without feeling comfortable at your home ballpark. The Spinners still have time to find some momentum at home and make a push for a playoff spot, but the clock doesn’t stop ticking.
Lowell will host Hudson Valley in the final game of their series on Saturday afternoon at LeLacheur Park.
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